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    Bung Moktar to know fate on corruption charges

    ANN/THE STAR – The decision on whether Malaysian politician Bung Moktar Radin and his wife Zizie Izette Abdul Samad will be acquitted or ordered to enter their defence on charges of corruption will be known at 3pm today.

    The Kinabatangan Member of Parliament (MP) and his celebrity wife are facing graft charges, amounting to MYR2.8 million over Felcra Bhd’s investment in unit trusts worth MYR150 million.

    Sinar Harian said the decision will be delivered by Sessions Court Judge Rozina Ayob, after the court heard arguments from the prosecution and defence on June 24.

    If the court decides in favour of the prosecution that there is a prima facie case against Bung Moktar, as the first defendant and Zizie Izette as the second accused, then they will be called to enter their defence.

    However, if the judge decides otherwise, both the accused will be freed from the charges.

    The proceedings on this case began in January 2020.

    The prosecution was led by deputy public prosecutor Law Chin How, Faridz Gohim Abdullah, Mohd Sophian Zakaria, Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry and Siti Noor Hafizah Zakaria. The defence team was led by K Kumaraendran, M Athimulam and Ridha Abdah Subri.

    On May 3, 2019, Bung Moktar, 64, was charged with two counts of receiving bribes amounting to MYR2.2 million and MYR262,500, as gratification to give Felcra approval to make a MYR150 million investment in Public Mutual unit trust.

    Bung Moktar is accused of receiving bribes from Public Mutual investment agent Madhi Abdul Hamid via Zizie Izette at the Taman Melawati branch Public Bank between 12.30pm and 5pm June 12, 2015.

    Bung Moktar is also charged with receiving a MYR337,500 cash bribe from Norhaili under the name of Zizie Izette for the same reason and place on June 19, 2015, while Zizie Izette, 44, faces three charges of abetting her husband in the matter.

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